The Phoenix Wrestlers opened the second half of the season by starting the PAC dual meet portion of the schedule. Last Thursday, the team traveled to Clearview to wrestle their Stripes opponent Brooklyn and Clearview, the crossover foe.
In the first dual, the Hurricanes shut out the the Phoenix 48-0 when they earned two forfeits and won all five head to head matches by pin. The good news was that Reggie Bouchonville (126) returned to the lineup after being sidelined for the first half of the season with a broken collar bone.
A nearly full squad of Clippers easily handled the Phoenix 54-28 in the second dual of the evening. The Phoenix rebounded and wrestled well and won all five head to head matches. All 54 points of the Clippers were earned because of 9 forfeits. Reggie Bouchonville and Riley Horning (170) received forfeits and the remaining three wrestlers won with bonus points. Robert Bouchonville (132) won a 9-1 major decision on the strength of 2 takedowns and 5 nearfall points. Brendan Ortiz (138) was trailing 8-2 when he bridged off his back into a pin of his own in 3:14. Finally, James Thomas (152) needed only 33 seconds to record 2 takedowns and then the fall.
The Phoenix found the competition tough at the 13 team Columbia Invitational on Saturday. The young squad of freshman and sophomores, failed to advance anyone in the tournament. Ortiz and James were the only to record a victory as they both earned a first period pin in the consolation round.
Oberlin will host Firelands, Black River and Columbia in a home double dual Thursday, January 12. Wrestling will begin at 6:00.